Follow these 10 simple steps to knit a beautiful throw blanket. You’ll be cozy all winter!
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Choose your yarn
One of the most important steps in knowing how to knit a throw blanket is choosing the right yarn. You’ll want to consider the weight, texture, and fiber content of the yarn to ensure that your blanket is soft, cozy, and perfect for snuggling under.
There are a few different types of yarn that are well-suited for knitting blankets, including:
-Wool: Wool is a natural fiber that is warm and insulating, making it ideal for winter blankets. It can be itchier than some other fibers, so if you’re sensitive to wool, you may want to choose another option.
-Acrylic: Acrylic yarn is synthetic and therefore cheaper than woolen yarns. It’s easy to care for and machine washable, making it a good choice for busy knitters or those with allergies. However, it isn’t as warm as woolen yarns and may not be ideal for winter blankets.
-Cotton: Cotton yarn is another popular choice for knitters because it is soft, strong, and easy to care for. However, cotton isn’t as insulating as woolen yarns, so it may not be the best choice for a winter blanket.
Once you’ve chosen your yarn, you’ll need to figure out how much you need in order to knit your blanket. A good rule of thumb is to allow for about 450 yards of yarn per pound – so if you want a three-pound blanket, you should have around 1350 yards of yarn.
Calculate how much yarn you’ll need
The amount of yarn you’ll need to knit a throw blanket depends on the size of the blanket, the gauge (thickness) of the yarn, and your knitting tension. To calculate how much yarn you’ll need:
– Measure the width and length of the blanket.
– Multiply the width by the length to find the total square footage.
– Divide the total square footage by nine (this is the average gauge for worsted weight yarn).
– If you’re using a different gauge yarn, you’ll need to adjust this amount. For example, if you’re using a bulky weight yarn, you’ll need one and a half times as much yarn as worsted weight. If you’re using a DK or sport weight yarn, you’ll need two-thirds as much yarn as worsted weight.
– Once you’ve calculated how much yarn you’ll need in square feet, convert this to yards by dividing by three.
Choose your needle size
The size of the needles you use will affect how dense your stitches are, and how thick your final blanket will be. If you want a lightweight throw, use smaller needles; if you want a thick, cozy blanket, go for larger ones. You can also use multiple sets of needles held together to knit your blanket; this is called double-knitting, and it will make your stitches even tighter and your blanket even thicker.
Your needle size will also affect the gauge of your knitting; gauge is the number of stitches per inch that you knit. A denser gauge (fewer stitches per inch) will make a thicker, warmer blanket; a looser gauge (more stitches per inch) will make a thinner, airier one. In general, smaller needles produce denser fabric and larger needles produce lighter fabric.
Cast on your stitches
Cast on your stitches. You will need to determine how many stitches to cast on based on the width of your blanket. For a standard-sized throw blanket, you will need to cast on approximately 50 stitches.
Once you have determined the number of stitches to cast on, use the long-tail method to cast on the required number of stitches onto your needle. To do this, make a slip knot and place it onto your needle. Then, hold the end of your yarn in your left hand and insert the needle into the loop of yarn (the slip knot). Next, wrap the yarn around the needle and pull the wrapped yarn through the loop (the slip knot) on the needle. You have now made one stitch! Repeat this process until you have reached your desired number of stitches.
Begin knitting your blanket
Now that you have all of your supplies, you are ready to begin knitting your blanket! Follow these 10 steps to complete your throw blanket:
1. Cast on your stitches. For a basic throw blanket, you will need to cast on about 100 stitches. If you want a larger or smaller blanket, you can adjust the number of stitches accordingly.
2. Start knitting in the stitch pattern of your choice. A popular stitch pattern for blankets is the garter stitch, which is simply knitting every stitch in every row. You could also do a seed stitch, which is alternating betweenknit and purl stitches in each row, or any other basic stitch pattern.
3. Knit until your blanket is the desired length. For a standard throw blanket, you will want to knit until it is about 60 inches long. Again, you can adjust the length as needed depending on your preference.
4. Bind off your stitches when you reach the desired length. This simply means taking the needle off of the last stitch and slipping it over the next stitch before taking that stitch off as well. Repeat this process until all stitches are off of the needle and your work is complete!
Knit until your blanket is the desired size
Depending on the size of your blanket and the thickness of your yarn, you may need to knit for several days or even weeks to reach the desired length. Knit a few rows each day until you reach the desired size, then begin working on the border.
Bind off your stitches
The final step in knitting your throw blanket is to bind off your stitches. This will secure the edge of your blanket so that it doesn’t unravel. To bind off, start by knitting two stitches as normal. Then, use the left needle to lift the first stitch over the second stitch and off the needle. You should now have only one stitch on your right needle. Knit one more stitch, and repeat the process of lifting the first stitch over the second and off the needle. Continue until you have only one stitch left on your needle, then cut your yarn and pull it through the last stitch to secure it.
Weave in your ends
The final step in knitting a throw blanket is to weave in your ends. This will help keep your blanket from unraveling and ensure that it will last for years to come.
To weave in your ends, simply thread a needle with the yarn tail and insert it through the stitches of the last row. Then, weave the yarn tail in and out of the stitches, making sure to catch all of the yarn tails on either side. Once you have woven in all of the yarn tails, trim them off so that they are flush with the surface of the blanket.
Block your blanket (optional)
Once you’ve finished knitting your throw blanket, you may want to block it. Blocking is an optional step that can help your blanket lay flat, even out the stitches, and improve the overall appearance of your finished project.
To block your blanket, soak it in cool water for about 15 minutes. Gently squeeze out the excess water (do not wring or twist the wet blanket) and then lay it on a clean towel. Roll up the towel around the blanket and press down lightly to remove more water.
Unroll the towel and then lay your blanket out on a flat surface. Use blocking wires or T-pins to pin the blanket into shape, following any specific pattern instructions. Once the blanket is pinned, leave it to dry thoroughly before unpinning and using or storing it.
Enjoy your new blanket!
Step 1: Cast on
Step 2: Knit the first row
Step 3: Purl the second row
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have the desired width
Step 5: Knit two rows
Step 6: Purl two rows
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have the desired length
Step 8: Cast off
Step 9: Weave in all the loose ends
Step 10: Enjoy your new blanket!